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June 29, 2018

22 Rare Vintage Photographs That Capture Brazilian Punk Culture in the 1980s

Punk rock and hardcore punk in Brazil originated in the late 1970s, influenced by bands such as Sex Pistols, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers and The Ramones. The first known Brazilian punk rock band was Restos de Nada ("remains of nothing"), which appeared in mid-1978 and set the stage for the emergence of many other bands that formed the scene Brazilian punk scene.

From 1980 to 1985 São Paulo became a notable hub, featuring bands like Cólera, Olho Seco, Garotos Podres, Lobotomia, Mercenárias (an all-female band) and Ratos de Porão. While in São Paulo the scene leaned toward raw punk and hardcore, Brasília's punk rock bands were closer to new wave; Aborto Elétrico, Legião Urbana, Capital Inicial and Plebe Rude were some well-known bands from the capital. Punk gang violence during these years influenced sonic changes later in the decade. For example, Inocentes and Mercenárias took a more post punk direction, while Ratos de Porão and Lobotomia incorporated influences from thrash metal.

In the 1990s, the revival of straight edge and riot grrrl cultures injected new blood into the punk and hardcore were reborn, specially in the São Paulo state. Influential underground names like No Violence, Safari Hamburguers, Abuso Sonoro, Point of No Return, Dominatrix, Calibre 12, and Nitrominds pushed the scene forward. In other parts of Brazil, other bands including DFC and Raimundos, from Brasília, Devotos do Ódio from Recife, Pastel De Miolos, Bosta Rala from Bahia, Mukeka di Rato, Deltree and Dead Fish from Espirito Santo gained recognition. In contrast to 1980s bands, most of these new bands were singing in English.

PUNK TERROR de Pirituba São Paulo Brasil

Armagedom, 1985

Armagedom, 1985

Rad Esquerda, 1983


Atack Epiléptico, 1987

Psykóze, 1981



Lobotomia, 1984

Anselmo of SP Caos


Mala Velha, 1981

Infratores (Brazil)

Kaos 64

A photo from recording day of legendary Brazilian punk/hc compilation-LP “Ataque Sonoro”. From l to r: Zeze (bassist of Lobotomia), Gordo (Ratos de Porao), Caio (guitarist of Lobotomia) and Maria.

Sp Cãos

Dose Brutal


Kaos 64

Olho Seco

Armagedom @ 1985



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